Story: While confessing his love to Suma (Priya Shri) on a date, Aditya (Nani) narrates the story of his love failure with Kiran (Anu Emmanuel). But midway he realises that he is still in love with Kiram even four years after their break-up. But when he sets out to woo her back, he realises Kiran and Suma are best friends. Thus begins a comedy of errors.
Review: Director Virinchi Varma seems to have a thing for runaway brides, hailing from Bheemavaram in particular. Uyyala Jampala, his debut, ended with the female protagonist Avika Gor running away from the mandapam to confess her love to her bawa, Raj Tarun. Guess what goes around must come around. In this film, Raj Tarun plays the groom, who drives Kiran, his bride-to-be (after she expresses her wish not to be) to the railway station to stop the love of her life, Aditya from taking off to Goa.
"Foreign sanyasila laga ayipothadanta," says his bestie when Kiran asks, "Goa ki enduku, beach meeda enjoy cheyadanika?" What follows is one of the most originally funny climax scenes in recent times what with Kiran chasing the train on a Bullet, clad in her bridal finery. Well, the movie ends with a stereotypically patronising Bahubali joke — Aditya telling Rajamouli, "Ma iddaru pillalaki The Beginning, Conclusion ani perlu pettukuntamu Sir!"
Our man works as an AD for Rajamouli, who is playing himself in the movie, you see.
The Bahubali advertisement notwithstanding, thankfully there is enough to dig in the movie. The cinematography and writing top the list followed by Nani's acting. Sample this line from the Oye Meghamala song. Kallagantha kattinaa Kallamundhu vaalene...Vinthalanni nuvvu pakkanunte...Pillagali kooda paaduthondhi kotha paate...
The writing is lyrical, easy on the ear and completely free of innuendo. So is the heart-warming small town flavour of the romance, set in the backdrop of picturesque locales of Bheemavaram. In a date song, we have the lead pair planting saplings in a farm.
Playing a spunky small town guy who falls in love at first sight with Kiran, who crashes into him on her moped, Nani is in his element. Anu Emmanuel, sure looks the part of a achhamaina Telugammayi, while her emoting isn't there yet, she put up a decent show for a first timer. The other heroine, Priya Shri doesn't have much to do, besides playing a facilitator for the love story between Kiran and Aditya.
Besides being funny, the comic tracks involving Posani Krishna Murali, as a funny college lecturer and Vennela Kishore playing a Telugu cabie pretending to be a Hindi speaking Sanjay Leela Bhansali, are nicely woven into the narrative.
Most importantly, how the filmmmaker manages to dish out the entertainment without diluting the intensity and innocence of the romance is note worthy. Definitely worth a watch.